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Huge Yorkshire gas plant approved

Plans for a 1500MW natural gas power station in Yorkshire have been given the green light.

Energy secretary Ed Davey backed a recommendation by the Planning Inspectorate to approve the Knottingley combined cycle gas turbine plant.

It will be built 3km east of the Yorkshire town centre and comprise three generating units as well as hybrid cooling towers and a raft of other infrastructure.

Construction is expected to begin in 2017 with operation from 2020. The plant could supply electricity for up to 2M homes.

A letter from the Department of Energy and Climate Change said: “The secretary of state considers that in the absence of any adverse effects which are unacceptable in planning terms, making the order is consistent with energy national policy statements EN-1, EN-2, EN-4 and EN-5, which set out a national need for development of new nationally significant electricity generating and network infrastructure of the type proposed by the applicant.”

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